Christopher Wanjek over at LiveScience.com’s Bad Medicine blog has a great synopsis of the whole penis size issue…what’s normal, why everyone thinks they’re too small, and why it’s a really a bad idea to do anything about it. If you’re a regular reader of this blog, then you’re probably not a likely customer (victim?) of any of the discussed methods. However, we really can’t pass up any reference to “Jelqing”…
First, some context…
In vaginal sex, any erect penis longer than 4 inches is usually big enough to stimulate erogenous tissue in the vagina. A penis longer than 8 inches can ram into the cervix and cause discomfort.
Crappy Method Number 1:
One common method is a fat transfer or implant to add girth. This often leads to lumping and a distorted penis shape over time. Another technique involves the release of suspensory ligament, often resulting in infection, loss of sensitivity and erectile dysfunction.
Crappy Method Number 2:
Herbal pill products, a proprietary blend of junk often containing saw palmetto or something exotic from China, promise to stimulate cell growth. Similar stuff is sold to enhance female breast growth. These are a complete waste of money.
Crappy Method Number 3:
Pumps merely simulate an erection and have no long-term effect on size.
And Finally, Jelqing:
Exercises, namely a technique of dubious Arabic origin called jelqing, can lead to nerve damage. Jelqing–a term most urologists have never heard of and which is conspicuously absent from medical and Arabic dictionaries—entails stroking a semi-erect penis in a certain way for about 30 minutes a day for months to enlarge the penile cavities that fill with blood, making for larger erections.
Testimonials abound on the Internet. The exercise makes no sense biologically, however, and one runs the risk of tearing blood vessels and loosing sensitivity if one tugs too hard for too long. Those 30 minutes could be spent doing sit-ups for sexier results.